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    Make firefox 10 x faster (1.0.07 and up)

    Here's how to speed up firefox by 10 x

    1. Type about:config into the address bar and hit enter. Scroll down and look for the following entries:

    2. Alter the entries as follows:

    Set network.http.pipelining to true

    Set network.http.proxy.pipelining to true

    set network.http.pipelining.maxrequests to some number like 30. This means it will make 30 requests at once.

    3. Lastly right-click anywhere and select New-> Integer. Name it

    nglayout.initialpaint.delay and set its value to 0. This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it recieves.

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    Re: Make firefox 10 x faster (1.0.07 and up)

    Regarding #2, the official range is 1 to 8 (not nearly 30). I'm not sure it does any harm to use 30, but I suspect it does little better than 8. Still, it's likely to be faster than zero.

    Network.http.pipelining.maxrequests - MozillaZine Knowledge Base

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    Re: Make firefox 10 x faster (1.0.07 and up)

    Hi Jezza,

    I've adjusted the settings but I haven't seen a noticable increase - yet. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> restarted the browser as instructed. Guess I'll surf a bit and see if I notice a difference! So far, I haven't really strayed too far from the Lounge! It's scary "out there"! Thanks for passing along the suggestions. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Make firefox 10 x faster (1.0.07 and up)

    Thanks for that Jefferson. I placed this on my laptop at work which is on a network and it worked a dream...I think I will change it to 8, just to keep it to the specification. It is not tttooooo bad on my system at home but not great as I am on dial up at the moment and it all depends home busy my modem is.....anyway got some pocket money so may get my broadband sorted out very soon.
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    Re: Make firefox 10 x faster (1.0.07 and up)

    Last time I saw something about this (in the extension FasterFox) there was a lot of 'discussion' from the owners of websites which said that it massively increased the amount of data they had to serve, usually for no good reason.

    Are these suggested configuration tweaks in the same category?

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    Re: Make firefox 10 x faster (1.0.07 and up)

    I don't know about that specific, John, but I followed Jefferson's link and found this: Network.http.pipelining - MozillaZine Knowledge Base

    Here's two quotes from that page:
    <hr>While this preference will improve performance, it may cause problems loading pages from some servers.
    Users who want better page loading speed can try setting this preference to true, keeping in mind this may break some websites. <hr>
    Unfortunately, I don't know the "whys and wherefors" behind any of this.

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    Re: Make firefox 10 x faster (1.0.07 and up)

    After trying it out yesterday, I had decided that it didn't add anything to my speed and put everything back to default except for nglayout.initialpaint.delay. I did eliminate the integer 0 but I can't delete the entry. I thought I'd select everything and move it into Frontpage to edit but that didn't work either. Will I need to find the file and open it as a text file, to erase this entry? There is probably a "help page" about this but I haven't found it yet. Any help will be appreciated! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Make firefox 10 x faster (1.0.07 and up)

    You can edit prefs.js when Firefox is closed. Or you could use about:config to set a higher value rather than delete the preference. According to Firefox Help: Tips & Tricks, the default value is 250 (milliseconds, or a quarter of a second).

    The description in Tuning Pageload - MDC explains that shorter times may cause "ugly visual jitter." I found a more detailed explanation in a very old post (Nov. 2002) on the Mozillazine forums by Laszlo:
    <hr>This is how I understand what ["nglayout.initialpaint.delay"] means: Gecko normally delays the first paint of a page for a certain time while it is still loading to bring down the number of reflows needed to correctly show the complete page. The more reflows, the higher the total page load time.

    The default is 1200ms. If the rendering calculations are done before this period has elapsed, it will show it anyway. If not, it's displayed in a not yet complete state and then reflowed until it can be showed correctly. 1200ms seems to be the best compromise to give the best overall performance.

    If you set it to 0, painting will start almost instantly, which gives a very fast appearance, but total page load time will rise in most cases because more reflows are needed until the page reaches its final rendering state.<hr>
    Perhaps the value of this tweak depends on the speed of your connection? Anyway, I guess it's not a surprise that a quarter of a second is not very noticeable. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Make firefox 10 x faster (1.0.07 and up)

    > Last time I saw something about this (in the extension FasterFox) there was a lot of 'discussion' from the owners of
    > websites which said that it massively increased the amount of data they had to serve, usually for no good reason.

    Fasterfox silently retrieves linked content in the background so that when you navigate forward, it is very fast. The obvious problem is that in most cases, you have no intention to visit every link on a page so in that respect, it is wasteful of server resources. (More specifically, every link to a .gif/.jpeg/.jpg/.png, .htm/.html, .text/.txt, .pdf, or .xml file.) This more aggressive prefetching behavior can be turned off in the extension's preferences tab. Webmasters also can block Fasterfox prefetching in the robots.txt file. (Ironically, this might make their sites seem "slow" to Fasterfox users... life is hard for webmasters!)

    More info:

    Fasterfox - Performance and network tweaks for Firefox. (extension home page)
    Fasterfox - Frequently Asked Questions (more about prefetching)

    But as for pipelining, it sounds as though it delivers the same exact GET requests more efficiently by bundling them together. I don't think this would cause load problems for the server, but the description of the packets having to arrive in the correct order (in order to get a performance improvement) seems to place a bit too much trust in the efficiency of the internet!

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    Re: Make firefox 10 x faster (1.0.07 and up)

    If you add the code below.........("nglayout.initialpaint.delay", 0).....The drawback, especially on slower machines, is that the total time to display the page will be longer.

    Thanks Jefferson for the information and the links! Since my PC is an upgraded box (purchased in 1999), I bet that's why I didn't like the results of this preference. To be on the safe side, I changed them all back to default because I wasn't sure what was causing the slowdown for me. I suppose Jerry's equipment is newer so he can see a benefit from the changes. I'll read more before I venture into this area of tweaking! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Make firefox 10 x faster (1.0.07 and up)

    I honestly don't notice a whole lot of difference when using these tweaks (which, incidentally, can be automatically applied by using the FasterFox Extension. They certainly seem to have worked for you... but I also believe that most tweaks, Firefox or otherwise, are barely perceptible to most users to begin with.

    I'll be a lot happier if the Mozilla folks speed up initial load time for the browser!
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    Re: Make firefox 10 x faster (1.0.07 and up)

    I know I have a new machine, Mark, but Firefox 1.5.0.2 (no extensions) only takes a second or two to fire up on mine, after being closed all night. This is a P4, 3.2 gig machine - what are you running? From what you've said in some recent posts, I don't think your XP installation is too old, so it shouldn't be "accumulated slowdown" I wouldn't think.

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    Re: Make firefox 10 x faster (1.0.07 and up)

    Load time is particularly awful when it's through a third-party application or external link. For what it's worth, my desktop is slightly older (Athlon 1700), and the installation of XP is about a year old. I've seen this on several machines, though, not just mine, so I don't think it's unique to my configuration.
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